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JeI to stand trial for committing crimes against humanity in 1971, says coordinator of Investigating Agency of ICT Abdul Hannan Khan: Abdul Hannan Khan, coordinator of the Investigating Agency of International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), on March 25 said that Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), the party which had opposed Bangladesh independence and collaborated with the Pakistan Army, is to stand trial for committing crimes against humanity in 1971. According to Khan, the investigators of the ICT have finalised their report and seven charges, including genocide, will be pressed against the party and its affiliates for their role during the Liberation War. The Hindu, March 26, 2014.

Dhaka Court indicts former Prime Minister and BNP leader Begum Khaleda Zia in corruption charge: A Dhaka Court on March 19 indicted former Prime Minister and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson, Begum Khaleda Zia, in charge of corruption for allegedly using an illegal fund to buy land for a charity named after her late husband, Ziaur Rahman. The charge is that Zia had illegally collected more than USD 1 million in donations for the charity named after her husband. Times of India, March 20, 2014.

Ban on JeI by June 2014, asserts Liberation War Affairs Minister A K M Mozammel Huq: The Bangladesh Government on March 13 said it will take steps to ban Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) by June 2014 for its involvement in crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971. Liberation War Affairs Minister A K M Mozammel Huq said, "The government is planning of banning the anti-liberation force Jamaat, but it has no plan to ban other religion-based political parties". Earlier in August, 2013, a High Court bench declared JeI's registration with the Election Commission illegal. Gulf Times, March 15, 2014.

There will be no negotiation between the Government and BNP until it parts company of militants, says Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu: Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu on March 5 said there will be no negotiation between the Government and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) until its Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia parts the company of militants. The Minister said, "The door for dialogue is always open, but there'll be no talks until Khaleda Zia severs ties with militants. This is unfortunate that autocracy and communalism stalled the progress of the country frequently and now even BNP leader Khaleda Zia has indulged in hatching conspiracy joining hands with the militants." UNB, March 6, 2014.

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